Challenging Friday for Alex Lowes and Pata Yamaha at the Lausitzring
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team put in a sterling effort at the Lausitzring on Friday for round 9 of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, despite having to deal with thunderstorms and a red flag in FP2.
Alex Lowes ended the day 10th quickest overall, the British rider making it straight through to SP2 despite a technical issue in FP2.
The team was forced to work hard to catch their competitors after missing the recent test at the Lausitzring due to the riders’ Suzuka 8 Hours commitments. Despite this, Alex managed to end the morning’s FP1 session in 10th with a 1:38.470 after spending the session searching for a good setup on his R1.
In FP2, the 26-year-old British rider was looking good to improve on this time after making some changes to his bike before a technical issue forced him to pull off track. The red flag was shown due to the track conditions, but luckily for Lowes that is when a heavy thunderstorm hit the circuit causing an hour delay in proceedings.
Incredibly, as they waited for the track to dry, the team managed to change the engine in Lowes’ R1 before the session resumed. This allowed Lowes to head back out in the wet, although the chance to improve his time from FP1 had gone and he ended the day in 10th overall.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are back in action on Saturday at 8:45am local time for FP3, with qualifying starting at 11:30am and Race 1 at 1pm.
“It was nice to be back out on my Pata Yamaha R1! After missing the test here, we could have done with a bit more of a consistent day. In FP2 it was amazing that the guys managed to change the engine in such a short space of time, so I want to say a huge thank you to everyone in mine and Michael’s team who helped out. We have a lot of work to do in terms of improving our level this weekend, so we will have a think tonight and see what we can do tomorrow. The podium fight looks difficult for us but we can definitely take a step forward.”